May: Here's what's coming in Colorado theatre this month

by John Moore | May 04, 2017
A 800 ENCHANTED APRIL

NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of upcoming theatre openings, spotlighting work being presented on stages statewide. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.

Five intriguing titles for May:

NUMBER 1The Crud. The newest creation from the all-original Buntport Theater Company ensemble is this absurd fairy tale about both the crud on your floor and in your head. Follow the repetitive days of Dear Deer, Barely Bear and Broken Baby Doll Detective as they try to navigate their boredom. Nothing is important and everything is of the utmost importance. This is the final full-length production of Buntport's 16th Season and its creation was based on the contents of an abandoned storage locker Buntport purchased at an auction. Buntport debuts several full-length world premieres each season along with a slew of on-going programming.

NUMBER 2Last Five Years Kantor WolfeThe Last Five Years in Concert. Broadway stars Adam Kantor (Fiddler of the Roof, RENT, Next to Normal) and Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos, Bullets Over Broadway and The Mystery of Edwin Drood) are coming to Denver for a one-night concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s most popular work, a two-person story that chronicles a  five-year relationship between two New Yorkers, with a twist. The musical  tells the tale from both points of view – but one begins at the first meeting, while the other relates the story in reverse. So the story only aligns chronologically briefly in the middle. May 22 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org. READ MORE

NUMBER 3Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Forty years ago, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre opened its doors with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Now, 10,000 performances later, the recently renamed BDT Stage is bringing back the show that started it all. Joseph, The first collaboration between composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, is the family-friendly look back at the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. This production features Jack Barton as Joseph and Tracy Warren as the Narrator. Director Matthew D. Peters is promising a fresh staging concept unlike any Joseph you have seen before. May 13-Aug. 19 at 5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com.

NUMBER 4THE SINGING HOUSE____________, an Opera. Let's face it: Any opera named ____________ is inherently intriguing. Award-winning actor Ethelyn Friend, an Associate Professor at Boulder's Naropa University, has penned an experimental opera with a fully memorized script, but the music by frequent DCPA composer Gary Grundei and his ensemble is improvised each night, and in multiple musical styles. ____________ will be staged in a new performance venue: a Victorian house in old-town Lafayette called The Singing House. Plays May 25-June 10 at 507 W. Baseline Road in Lafayette. TICKETS

NUMBER 5Spamalot. By now, it's hardly notable that a local company is staging this well-known stage adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But the Longmont Theatre Company's upcoming production is notable for marking the return of Director Patrick Sawyer, who recently underwent emergency triple-bypass heart surgery. If laughter is the best medicine, Spamalot, with its killer rabbits and farting Frenchmen, should be just what Sawyer - and his audiences - need this month. Plays May 5-20 at 513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page


THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

(Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

DCPA May theatre May 5-20: Longmont Theatre Company's Spamalot
513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmont’s home page

May 5-20: Coal Creek Community Theatre's Enchanted April

At the Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant St., 303-665-0955 or cctlouisville.org

May 5-June 11: The BiTSY Stage’s The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale
1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 or bitsystage.com

May 5-May 20: Aurora Fox's The Myth of Happy Endings (studio theatre)
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org

May 6-June 16: Curious Theatre's The Luckiest People
1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

 

May 6-June 3, 2017: Lowry's Spotlight Theatre's Scotland Road
At the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

May 11-27: OpenStage and Company's H2O
At ArtLab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

May 11-13: Curtain Playhouse's Quilters
6990 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 720-887-0122 or thecurtainplayhouse.com

May 12-June 4: Thingamajig Theatre Company's God of Carnage
Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

May 13-Aug. 19: BDT Stage's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

May 18-June 4: Springs Ensemble Theatre’s Rapture, Blister, Burn
1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, 80909, 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org

May 18-28: Funky Little Theatre's Extremities
2109 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org

May 19-21: National touring production of The Illusionists
Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

May 19-June 10: Buntport Theater's The Crud
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

May 19-June 18: Town Hall Arts Center's Hairspray
2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or town hallartscenter.org

May 19-June 25: Miners Alley Playhouse’s Cabaret
1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or map’s home page

May 25-June 25: Bas Bleu's Boeing Boeing
401 Pine St., Fort Collins, 970-498-8949or basbleu.org

May 25-June 10: The Singing House's "____________, an Opera"
507 West Baseline Road, Lafayette TICKETS

May 26-June 18: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Man of La Mancha
30 W. Dale St., 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

May 26-July 1: Equinox Theatre Company’s The Rocky Horror Show
At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinoxtheatredenver.com

May 30-June 18: National touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org
READ MORE

CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

Through May 6: BDT Stage's Disenchanted
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

Through May 7: DCPA Theatre Company's Disgraced
Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

Through May 7: TheatreWorks' Pride and Prejudice
3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

Through May 7: Upstart Crow's Dark of the Moon
At the Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 303-442-1415 or theupstartcrow.org

horses square productThrough May 13: square product’s She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange
At The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or the dairy.org READ MORE

Through May 13: Dairy Arts Center's The Testament of Mary
2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or tickets.thedairy.org READ MORE

Through May 13: Lost & Found Productions’ Much Ado about Nothing
At The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St.,lostandfoundproductions.net

Through May 14: Arvada Center's Bus Stop
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org READ MORE

Through May 19: Arvada Center's A Year With Frog and Toad
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

Through May 20: Arvada Center's Waiting for Godot
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org READ MORE

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

Through May 21: Off-Center's Travelers of the Lost Dimension, with A.C.E.
At the Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

Through May 21: Arvada Center's The Drowning Girls
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 720-898-7200 or arvadacenter.org

Through May 21: Vintage Theatre’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

Through May 21Vintage Theatre’s A Time to Kill
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

 

EDGE MISERYThrough May 21: The Edge Theatre's Misery
1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheatre.com

Through May 21: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Second Stage)
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

Through May 21: The Avenue Theater's The Golden Years
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or avenuetheater.com

Through May 27: Midtown Arts Center's Sister Act
3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

Through May 28: DCPA Theare Company's The Secret Garden
Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

Through May 28: Aurora Fox's Priscilla Queen of the Desert
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org READ MORE

Through June 4: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s 42nd Street
4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

Through July 2: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com



BIRDS BOULDER ENSEMBLE

ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
Ongoing productions
2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
7 p.m., Thursday, June 8: Free reading of Anna Moench's Birds of North America
Featuring Chris Kendall and Lindsey Pierce.
At the Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library.

BUNTPORT THEATRE
  • Saturday, May 13: Season finale of Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 16: The Great Debate (monthly)
  • Wednesday, May 17: The Narrators (a monthly live storytelling show and podcast)
  • Wednesday, May 24: Debbie Scheer Presents: T.R.A.C.K.S.U.I.T. (a night of stories from the heart about parenting, adoption, love, loss, GLBTQ and mental health.) TICKETS
  • Friday, May 26: Untitled (in the freight elevator at the Denver Art Museum, monthly)

717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER

  • May 4: Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus Tour


30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

DENVER ACTORS FUND
  • The-Wedding-SingerSunday, May 21: Screening of the film The Wedding Singer, with live pre-screening entertainment for the cast of Performance Now's upcoming stage production of the stage musical. Entertainment 6:30 p.m.; film at 7.


Alamo Drafthouse Littleton, 7301 S Santa Fe Drive, drafthouse.com

DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

  • Friday, May 12: Cult Following's SCRIPTprov™, Jones Theatre INFO
  • Saturday, May 13: Cult Following: Rated G, Jones Theatre INFO
  • Monday, May 22: The Last Five Years in Concert, Seawell Ballroom READ MORE

Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org


LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY

  • Noon, Sunday, May 21: Pain Management, a devised theatre piece


311 Mapleton Ave., Boulder. Free, but RSVP required here

PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY
  • May 6-7: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a staged reading

1:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday
At the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue, 720-509-1000 or TICKETS

THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY

  • Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret

At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

STORIES ON STAGE
  • Sunday, April 7: Motherhood Out Loud

Stories on Stage has renowned actors bring stories to life by combining literature with theater. This month's performers are Kate Gleason, Meridith Grundei, John Jurcheck and Randy Moore reading:
  • On the U.S.S. Fortitude, by Ron Carlson
  • Frog, by Matthew Taylor
  • At Least Your Hair Looks Gorgeous, by Ellen Nordberg

1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org

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